Big Shoe Ranch
                Home of Gypsy Vanners, Irish Cobs, Drums and Shires          970.889.1391

Welcome to Big Shoe Ranch website 
Our mission is to create magnificent gentle and just the right size Grand Vanners. The Shires have a wonderful disposition and are beautiful but they are tall and hard to get on without a tailgate. The Gypsy Vanners also have a wonderful disposition and are beautiful but they are small and many people do not feel comfortable riding them. Gypsy Vanners are typically between 13.2 and 15.2 HH but any size meeting the breed's conformation and disposition standards are acceptable. 

To get to the ultimate goal of our Grand Vanners we will start with crossing our Shires with Gypsy Vanners to produce our Foundation Grand Vanners (FGV). Which meet the International Drum Horse Association's definition of a Drum Horse. We will take the best of our FGV and cross them back to the best of our Irish Cobs / Gypsy Vanners. These crosses will create larger horses with excellent conformation and dispositions that will be over 15.2 HH.

We are expecting FIVE foals this year! 3 Drums, a Gypsy and a Gypsy / Friesian Cross. 

We have 2 NEW ARRIVALS Zoro a hansom Gypsy / Friesian cross and Zoey a wonderful  Gypsy / Shire crosses. 

We have 3 NEW ARRIVALS, Thor, Jasmine, and Rajah 3 Shire Gypsy crosses. All born within 8 days of each other at the end of May.  Joyce X St Clarins (Silver dapple Colt), Amy X St Clarins (Silver dapple filly) and June X Sir Keith (Buckskin colt). Joyce and Amy's foals could be twins. 

We discovered 2 wonderful gypsy studs, Sir Clarins (a silver dapple stallion) and Sir Keith (a silver smokey black stallion) from Cielo Celeste Farms in Santa Ynez, California. In July we got the pleasure of meeting Celeste and her wonderful stallions in person.  

Trip to Bolender Horse Park in Silver Creek Washington. This was a great experience. We have been trail riding for over 20 years and learned so much from Mark Bolender. We learned how to put ourself into the horses world instead of bringing them into our world or our way of thinking.  He showed us effective ways to become the trusted leader and how easy it is to get a horse to do what you ask it to do. We brought three green broke horses and were amazed at the results of just two days at his horse park. Please see our Horse Park Page.

We have five NEW ARRIVALS imported from Cairnview Farms in Ireland.  Meet Domino, Drummer, Deluxe, Darragh and Delight on our Irish Cobs page. 

Our background
We are Mike and Julie Hodziewich and we are excited to introduce our horses to you. We have owned horses for over 30 years. Julie grew up with horses and Mike rode Klondike, a Shire Gelding, for seventeen years. 

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